Individuals prescribed eye drops for an eye infection should thoroughly wash hands with soap and water prior to application, recommends WebMD. Patients should lie down, look up to the ceiling, tilt the head back and pull the lower lid of the eye down before inserting the eye drops.
Eye drops for an eye infection should be administered by dropping a small amount inside the lower lid without touching the medicine bottle to the eye, according to WebMD. Patients should blink immediately after administering the eye drops and wipe excess fluid away from the eye with a clean tissue. The eyes should be kept closed for a few minutes to allow the medication to penetrate the eyes. It is recommended that patients wash hands thoroughly after using eye drops to remove excess medication.